Psittacella picta, Painted Tiger Parrot, Nurimacan Berbiru

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Psittacella picta, Painted Tiger Parrot, Nuri macan Berbiru


The Painted Tiger Parrot (Psittacella picta) is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family. It is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Size: Adult Weight: 19cm (7.4 in) 48-60g (1.7-2.1 oz)

Races including nominate: three: P.p. picta, P.p. excelsa, P.p. lorentzi

Colourization Adult: P.p. picta: male-body mostly green; crown and surrounding area red/brown; sides of neck have thin yellow band; throat and upper breast washed with blue; mantle and back green barred with black; red rump and upper and undertail coverts; tail green. Bill blue/grey tipped with white. Eye orange. Female-as in male but yellow band on neck absent; cheeks and ear coverts green/blue; breast and sides of abdomen yellow striped with black. P.p. excelsa: male-as in picta, but crown bright olive/brown. Female-as in picta but head bright olive/brown; throat and cheeks strongly washed with blue. P.p. lorentzi: both adults as in picta but crown and surrounding area olive/brown; cheeks blue/green, with darker green on ear coverts; rump and upper tail coverts green/yellow striped with black.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adult female but head brown with green edges to feathers.

Call: Are described as nasal and slightly musical. Eastern birds sound harsher in tone. Err-ee note from P.p. lorentzi.

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